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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Khmer Cooking Class

Happy Tuesday Y'all! 

Today I wanted to share some pictures from the cooking class we took while staying in Siem Reap. A few weeks ago, I showed you the trip we took the market to get some ingredients for our class, so today  I'll show y'all what we made. 

While there are tons of places around Siem Reap that offer cooking classes, we opted for the one that was right at our hotel. We paid about $100 for the class, which I think is more than most places, but it was really convenient for us. It was just the two of us in the class, so we didn't feel rushed. We could literally just walk out of our room to get to the class. And we knew the staff would show us a great time.

Most of the prep was done for us. There were only a few things we need to chop up, and I think that was just to show us how to get things started. I'm glad most of the prep was finished because I could not imagine prepping all of the dishes on our first go. 

We were able to work with both the executive and sous chefs and a few of the kitchen staff. Everyone was really friendly and patient with us. They made sure we knew what each ingredient was and exactly what to do. They really wanted to make sure we would be able to make these dishes back home. They also gave us a mini history lesson on how the meals used to be made before all the modern day kitchen conveniences. 

Matt was the king of the class. He was chopping way more than I was getting through. Towards the middle of the class, the chefs were just talking to him. I guess they figured I was useless. 

We were able to make a four course meal. 

Cambodian Fresh Spring Rolls with Dipping Sauce
Hot and Sour Beef Soup 
Fish Amok 
Banana Sago in Coconut Milk 

The food was all so delicious. The soup and dessert were my favorite. 

I am really glad we decided to take the opportunity and do the cooking class. Including the market trip, it was about a 5 hour adventure. I really wasn't expecting it to be that long, and I don't cook at home- so I was a bit tired after all the cooking. But it was so worth it. 

Now we have five different recipes to bust out when we get back to the states. 

If you have the time in a new place- I would recommend a cooking class. 

And if you're interested in the recipe let me know and I can e-mail them to you. 


  1. Looks like a great time! My husband and I also did a cooking class recently while we were in Thailand. I would be interested to try another and see how similar/different it is!

    1. Cooking class in Thailand seems like it would be great! I'll have to look into it when we take our trip there. Our class was a lot of fun and the food was so good.

  2. What a fun way to experience the place your traveling to! Those dishes all look awesome.

    1. Thanks Kiki! It was a great experience and the food was so great. I can't wait to try to make the dishes again.

  3. I am a great cook but a terrible chopper - that's always my husband's job. Glad to hear I'm not the only one with this impairment :) But seriously this looks amazing!

    1. Haha- I'm glad I'm not alone in the chopping failure! Although, I'm not a good cook either, so I guess I'm a lose lose to have in a cooking class. But it was a fun class!


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